September 24, 201
Tony Tata Celebrates His Ace at Old Chatham
Durham, N.C. – It is certainly an honor for a golf club to have one
of its members get a hole-in-one, but three holes-in-one in one day
is unheard of. Well, that's exactly what happened at Old Chatham
Golf Club this past September 14th.
So who were these weekend warriors?
On the par 3 7th at Old Chatham it was Tony Tata and Dr. James McNamara. No, they were not playing in the same foursome, however they did ace the same hole within an hour of each other on that Sunday.
“It’s my first ever hole-in-one,” said Tata, speaking of his 156 yard uphill shot with a seven iron on hole No. 7, which he hit while playing with his wife Jodi and friend Paul Chou. “It’s incredible! I’ve played a long time, and never thought I would make a hole-in-one.”
An hour later, Dr. McNamara made his hole-in-one on the same hole with a solidly struck six iron, while playing with friends Mary and Ted Moore. Said McNamara of his accomplishment, “There is hope for all golfers. I had to wait a long time for this!”
Chris Martin, was playing in the Club Championship on that Sunday morning with fellow member Chris Rice when he aced the challenging seventeenth hole from 195 yards with a five iron. This was Martin’s third hole-in-one.
And believe or not, a fourth hole-in-one came six days later, at the beginning of the three-day North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship on Friday, September, 19.
So what are the odds?
- The odds of an average player making a hole-in-one are roughly 13,000 to one for an average player.
- The odds of two people in the same foursome acing the same hole are 17 million to one.
- The odds of three people ranging in age from 30s, 50s and 70s making a hole-in-one within hours of each other onthe same day, on the same course, probably about the same odds as you or I winning the lottery.
“The series of holes-in-one is very exciting for us, as we have about 10 holes-in-one a year at Old Chatham, but never three on the same day or four in such a short period of time,” said John Marino, director of operations at Old Chatham. “It is remarkable for something this unique to happen, and we want to congratulate all four golfers on their achievements. To celebrate, we will give each golfer the flag of the hole they made their shot on and share this with all our members. We hope to see and celebrate more holes-in-one in the future.”
What made this even more impressive is that the course was set up for the final day of the Club Championship with tough hole locations.
“We have had a lot of great feedback on the quality of the Champion Ultradwarf Greens that were installed in 2012, however, this is the best possible kind of feedback - that when a player hits a perfect shot and the greens are rolling so true, the ball disappears in the cup. We are proud of the players who hit the shots and the course conditions our course maintenance team has worked so hard to create,” said Brian Powell, head golf course superintendent at Old Chatham and president of the Carolinas Golf Superintendents Association CGSA).